If you are making regular green smoothies, it’s very important to use a variety of greens in your smoothie. It’s much better for your health if you get a variety of nutrients from different types of foods so this advice would apply to your whole diet, not just your green smoothies. For some people eating the same greens every day for a long period of time may lead to a toxicity build up. For example some people report not feeling too well after a sensitivity to oxalic acid in spinach. Some people are fine eating a lot of greens and others have to limit their intake of greens so just listen to your own body and vary your diet as much as possible.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and just keep adding spinach to your smoothie. I am as guilty of this as the next person and I blame the lack of variety of greens that I can access in this country, but I am going to try growing more of a variety myself. It’s great to grow your own as you know it’s not sprayed with pesticides and is much better for you. Another great way to ensure a variety is to buy a bulk load of different types of greens and freeze them in portion sizes. Make sure you label them and vary the greens you use every time you make a smoothie.
Here are the top 10 best greens for green smoothies to ensure you get a variety in your green smoothies.
10 Best Greens for Green Smoothies
Good old spinach. There is a reason we always seem to default to spinach for use in our green smoothies. It is readily available, fairly cheap, tastes very mild so your smoothie stays sweet and it’s often available organic. All my smoothies can be made with spinach. For a simple smoothie, try this Fresh Summer Strawberry and Spinach Salad Smoothie.
Kale is extremely nutritious, is fairly easy to access and is very easy to grow. I started some growing last year and it actually improves after a frost which is brilliant for the climate where I live in cold North Scotland. Kale isn’t as mild tasting as spinach so you may be inclined to use less of this in a smoothie. This Hawaiian Smoothie is perfect for hiding the taste of Kale.
Chard is another nutritious green which is mild so perfect for green smoothies. In the UK you can’t buy this in a supermarket, but can sometimes get this in a farmers market. I started growing this myself last year too and it did very well.
There are so many different types of lettuce. Romaine is very nutritious but can be slightly bitter in a smoothie. Lambs lettuce is a great smoothie ingredient and more mild in flavour. The taste of romaine lettuce is well hidden in this Sweet Punch Romaine Lettuce Smoothie.
Herbs are delicious in smoothies. Parsley really freshens up a smoothie. I love to pair this with pineapple. You may also want to try mint and coriander which are delicious in smoothies. I’m sure you’ll adore this Prize Pineapple and Parsley Smoothie, or this Cool Breeze Mint and Pineapple Smoothie.
6: Bok Choy/ Pak Choi
This Chinese cabbage is a great alternative to the more leafy greens for giving you variety in your smoothies.
So good for you but broccoli has such a strong flavour so I’d recommend only using a very small amount of it in your smoothies until you get used to the taste. Try this Blueberry Broccoli Smoothie.
I can’t get hold of these here and have unfortunately never tried them but they are reported to be a bit stronger in taste, yet the taste can still be hidden quite easily by sweeter fruit.
9: Dandelion Greens
Also unavailable in the shops but luckily I have these growing right in my back garden. Free food has got to be the best. I also know they haven’t been sprayed with anything. A very strong taste but this Strawberry, Orange and Dandelion Smoothie really grows on you with every sip.
10: Green Powder
My motto is fresh is best, but if you run out of greens or want to add even more of a nutritious boost to your smoothie, you could add some of this amazing green powder. Other popular green powders are Spirulina, Chlorella, Wheat Grass and Barley Grass. Lots of people swear by these for a energising vitamin packed smoothie.
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Which greens do you prefer in your smoothies? Do you rotate your greens much?
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